Former Middlesex fast bowler in immigration limbo for seven years

by Theguardian


Richard Stewart came to the UK in 1955 and paid taxes for five decades but is having problems getting a British passport

Richard Stewart was 10 when he moved from Jamaica to London in 1955 to live with his older sister, who was working in the UK as a nurse. His skills as a fast bowler were spotted when he was at school, and in 1966 he was signed up to play cricket for Middlesex.

More than 50 years later, Stewart is facing problems with his immigration status because he does not have a British passport. For the past seven years he has been trying to resolve this problem but he remains in immigration limbo, unable to afford the £1,400 fee to naturalise in the UK.

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